A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Joseph Kim is licensed to practice law in California and New York. After clerking for a Federal District Judge and practicing business law at a large law firm in New York City, Joseph moved to Los Angeles and joined A&M Records as an attorney, where he negotiated and drafted music contracts for five years. Subsequently Joseph was in private practice, representing platinum artists, producers, independent record labels and an advertising agency. Joseph also worked for Disney as their senior music attorney in records, publishing and TV production on a temporary basis. As an adjunct professor, Joseph taught music law at Pepperdine University School of Law and entertainment law at the University of California at Irvine.
Joseph joined Paulist Productions in January 2002 as Vice President of Business Affairs. In that capacity, for over 8 years he managed legal and business affairs, and his duties included negotiating, drafting and administering film, television and new media contracts, relating to talent services, rights acquisition, production, distribution and licensing. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of the company in June 2010. While continuing to be responsible for legal and business affairs, Joseph assists the President in overseeing administrative matters and is designated to supervise music in productions.
Joseph has a musical background also. Formerly Director of Music at St. Sebastian Parish, Joseph worked as a singer, pianist and director of children's choirs at Catholic parishes in Los Angeles and New Haven. He has also taught music to children, K through 8, at Catholic schools in Los Angeles. Joseph studied classical piano and singing with faculty at the Eastman School of Music and Yale School of Music, respectively. Since 2004 he has been studying jazz piano and composition privately with Taylor Eigsti, who was nominated for Grammy's in those fields when he was 22.
Of Korean descent but born and raised in Japan, and educated in English at international primary and secondary schools in Tokyo by French Canadian Catholic missionaries, Joseph is bilingual in English and Japanese.